Lawyers and Literature

Spring || 2019


Tentative Schedule of Assignments


Monday. January 7. 2019: First Class

1st Class Assignment: Getting Started

1st Class Assignment -- Pt2

Monday. January 14. 2019.

Law School Stories
J.S. Marcus, "Centaurs"; Lowell B. Komie, "The Interview" & "Ice Horse"

Monday. January 21. 2019: Martin Luther King's Birthday. No Class. Reading that Will Get you Started in Preparing for the Course

This week off will be an opportunity to follow-up on the background of the course. The best place to do that is in the Stories in the Education of Lawyers section of the course website. At this point, you might find most relevant: Ch1: Claiming Law School as a Place of Stories (reading this chapter as a prologue to the three chapters (that are, in essesse, a syllabus for the course) in which I try to tell you as much as I can about the course and how it "works": Chapter 5: Stories Take Center Stage Chapter 6: Stories Prod Us to See Our Education and Ourselves in a More Critical Light Chapter 7: Robert, and His Fellow Escape Artists

Monday. January 28. 2019

Lowell Komie Stories
"The Skipping Stones"; "The Cornucopia of Julia K."; "I Am Greenwald, My Father's Son"; "A Commuter's Notes"

Monday. February 4. 2019

Another Installment of Lowell Komie Stories
"The Balloon of William Fuerst"; "The Honorable Alicia Beauchamp"; "Ash"

Monday. February 11. 2019

Threats: Real and Perceived
Richard Ford, "Puppy,"; Madison Smartt Bell, "Witness,"
Maile Meloy, "Tome," Tobias Wolff, ""The Deposition"

Monday. February 18. 2019

John William Corrington, "Every Act Whatever of Man" [online text] & "The Actes and Monuments" [online text] [Instructor's Note] Corrington Supplemental Reading: James R. Elkins, A Great Gift: Reading John William Corrington, 26 Legal Stud. F. 425 (2002) [online text of the essay]

Monday. February 25. 2019

"Equitable Awards," in Louis Auchincloss, Narcissa and Other Fables (New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1983)

"Weight," in Margaret Atwood, Wilderness Tips 163-178 (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1990)

"Let's Do," in Rebecca Meacham, Let's Do 63-86 (Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 2004) [reprinted, 36 Legal Stud. F. 1 (2013)]

Instructor's Notes (Atwood & Ozick Stories)

Monday. March 4. 2019

Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" [Instructor's Notes]

Monday, March 18. 2019

Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych" [Instructor's Notes]

Monday. March 25. 2019

Leslie Hall Pinder, On Double Tracks [Assignment Note]

Monday, April 1. 2019

James Clarke, Marginal Notes, 40 Legal Stud. F. 35-97 (2016)
James Clarke, Fugitive Light, 34 Legal Stud. F. 1-89 (2015) (Suppl. 1)
James R. Elkins & James Clarke, "Old Wine | New Skins," 39 Legal Stud. F. 115-135 (2015)

[James Clarke: Instructor's Note]

Monday, April 8. 2019

An informal session to talk about writing the course.
See: Writing the Course: Instructor's Notes

Monday. April 15. 2019

to be announced



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